We cooperate as an association to advance the practice of sculpture and the reputation and appreciation of sculpture and sculptors in the community. This is regardless of whether or not we make a living from sculpture and regardless of our preferred style or medium. To this end we support artists’ moral rights, we advocate a professional attitude to the production and presentation of work and encourage the artistic and intellectual stimulation of interaction amongst artists of all persuasions.

From the President

Hi All,

We used to say "Let the buyer beware" Now we have to say " let the seller beware " especially when it comes to the internet. Just recently I have been asked by some of our members about some emails they heave received. It is so exciting to get an email from UK as Elnaz Nourizadeh did. A gentleman asking to buy a sculpture for his wife. It was all going well until Shipping was discussed and transfers of money etc. Elnaz started to smell a rat and contacted me to ask me to warn other sculptors.. Having had a few other similar enquiries I was able to agree with her that it was a scam. So disappointing but better not to be sucked in.

Dates for your Diary

Remembering that our best resources are our own members you can look forward to the next few months. We’ll meet in the community meeting rooms of the Ashburton Baptist Church. Enter the building from the Marquis Street car park. We’ll start at 7:30pm

12 July Susie Ashkenazi will share sculpture stories

7 to 25 August our Annual and Awards Exhibition with opening/presentation evening 6pm Thursday 10th August.

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 14 Sept- 10 Oct 2017 entries close late July

Sculpture Among the Tulips: Tesselaar Sculpture Prize 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the tenth annual Tesselaar Sculpture Prize, a professionally curated competition for outdoor sculpture. The Tesselaar Sculpture Prize exhibition will be part of the annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival held in the Dandenong Ranges and attracting 80,000 visitors between 14th September and 10th October 2017.

The June Meeting

Members were treated to a lively and informative meeting at the ASV meeting on Wednesday 14th June. Carmel Ritchie welcomed the speakers George Bonicelli and Mel Rayski-Mati. 

George demonstrating his pointing machine

First George Bonicelli spoke about his use of the pointing machine in stone. And showed how much it is still used today, with short videos demonstrating its use at the Frilli Gallery in Florence, noted for their world class production in bronze, marble and other stones.

Finalists announced in Melbourne Prize for Sculpture 2017

◊ Six Victorian sculptors vie for $60,000 prize
◊ Five finalists announced for the NEW $10,000 Public Artwork Design Concept Award celebrating Melbourne’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature
◊ Four award categories offered with a total prize pool of $120,000
◊ More than $1 million awarded to sculptors, writers, musicians via the annual Melbourne Prize

‘Unique or Edition’? that is the question

‘Unique or Edition’? that is the question… when I considered my entries to this years AAE 2017 they are, in fact, both. Without any doubt the work has been taken from a mould that I have used before (and will likely use again) but finished singularly in different materials and colours that it would be impossible to repeat even if I wanted to. Consequently both unique and an edition.


Anthony (Byung) Kim welcoming his guests
Part of the Display
Popular member Anthony Kim and his wife Betty, welcomed guests at the opening on June 3rd of "Imaginings" the solo exhibition of his art works at the Victorian Artists Society, Frater gallery in East Melbourne. His exhibition was spread over two large rooms, and generously catered for. On show were a collection of 46 sculptures in either marble, wood, terracotta sandstone, and limestone and 24 oil paintings.

Exhibitions, Opportunities to Enter and to See

Lots to see here - things to see and do as they say - enjoy


Margaret Delahunty Spencer & Mary van den Broek

The Worth in the Ordinary

Welcome to New Members

Welcome to new members:

Lucy Mceachern and Allan Goedecke

looking forward to seeing you at meetings and your work in exhibitions.
ASV memberships



Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea http://mailchi.mp/sculpturebythesea/cottesloe-2017-call-for-artist-submissions-open-1164721?e=04d7418c80

Lorne Sculpture Bienial http://mailchi.mp/lornesculpture/newsletter-syqftbpgqz?e=95dce31dd5

Former PM’s portrait http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-05/tony-abbotts-bronze-bust-unveiled-in-ballarat/8589936

Why sculptures have plinths http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/west-rydes-origami-horses-sculpture-put-out-to-pasture-20170602-gwjmik.html

News from NAVA http://mailchi.mp/visualarts/art-wires-july-2017-fair-pay-update?e=44bbc752cc